UPF International Announces Regional ILCs

October 28, 2016

New York, United States—UPF International today announced the dates for the three remaining International Leadership Conferences (ILCs) of 2016.


Diplomats in Tokyo Discuss Peace in the Asia-Pacific Region

July 20, 2016

Tokyo, Japan—UPF-Japan held its 27th Peace Diplomats Forum on the “Prospect of Japan’s Diplomacy and Security Policy: Focusing on Japan-U.S.-Australia Relations.” 


International Day of Families Observed in Japan

April 29, 2016

Tokyo, Japan—UPF-Japan and the South Tokyo Assembly of Ambassadors for Peace held their fourth annual ”Family Clean Rally 246” in observance of the International Day of Families. 



UPF-Japan Hosts Concert with the ‘Golden Voice of Togo’

April 23, 2016

Sendai, Japan—UPF-Japan and the Togolese Embassy co-hosted a concert as part of the Embassy’s month-long Togo Cultural Festival 2016 in Japan.


Diplomats Hold Tokyo Forum on Disarmament

April 6, 2016

Tokyo, Japan—The 26th Peace Diplomats Forum was held by UPF-Japan on the theme “Japan’s Role in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.”


World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Japan

February 25, 2016

Tokyo, Japan—To commemorate UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, UPF-Japan organized an event on the topic, “Clarifying the Role of Religious Leaders Toward Peacebuilding.”


Diplomats in Tokyo Discuss Sustainable Development Goals

November 27, 2015

Tokyo, Japan—UPF-Japan commemorated the 70th anniversary of the UN by organizing the 25th Peace Diplomats Forum, on the theme, “Actions Toward the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.” 


UPF-Japan Celebrates UN Day

October 17, 2015

Tokyo, Japan—UPF-Japan celebrated UN Day 2015 on October 17 with an event and discussion on how to implement the UN Alliance of Civilizations’ programs in local communities in the country. 


UPF-Japan: Promoting Marriage and Family Values

September 29, 2015

Tokyo, Japan—UPF continued its focus on addressing the declining birth rate in Japan through its most recent International Leadership Conference. 

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Tokyo, Japan—UPF-Japan and its Council of Ambassadors for Peace continued their focus on addressing the declining birth rate in Japan through their most recent International Leadership Conference, “Crisis in Families and Visions for their Revitalization-Emergency of Japan's Dwindling Childbirth and Possible Countermeasures,” which was held in Tokyo on September 29, 2015.    

The keynote speaker of the half-day event was Ms. Cheryl Wetzstein, a veteran journalist with the American newspaper, The Washington Times. She has covered news on family and society, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage in June.

She said a cultural war over same-sex marriage is intensifying in America, and cited several examples of it. A local U.S. official was imprisoned because she had refused to issue marriage licenses on the grounds of her religious faith, and a baker was sued when he had refused to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple.

Speaking on the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, Ms. Wetzstein said the judges who opposed the ruling said the ruling was based on  “a wrong concept of freedom” and if “same-sex marriage was legalized, it would be hard to deny legalizing polygamy.”

She said the legitimacy of same-sex marriage would be evaluated by the adult children raised by homosexual couples. Already some children have spoken out on homosexual parenthood, saying that they did not have a sound childhood or lost their right to have a mother and a father.

Representing the organizers, Mr. Hiroo Suzuki, professor emeritus of the Tsukuba University and president of the Council of Ambassadors for Peace, said that he was happy "[this] meeting [of] Ambassadors for Peace who share a similar sense of mission and are engaged [in advancing] peace” took place.

Mr. Seiichi Kikuya, secretary general of UPF-Japan, spoke on the event theme. He warned that if same-sex marriage was legalized in Japan, it would erode Japan’s marriage system and accelerate the population decline in the country.

A lively panel discussion followed, where representatives of civil society, including a member of one of Tokyo’s wards and an intermediate school teacher, exchanged views on the theme’s topic.

The event closed with UPF-Japan president, Dr. Eiji Tokuno, pointing out that Japan's numerous social problems stem from a breakdown of the family. He said over half of all homicide cases in Japan are committed by relatives of the victims, and encouraged the participants to promote the national campaign for marriage and family values. 


UPF-Japan Commemorates International Day of Peace

September 20, 2015

Kanagawa, Japan—UPF-Japan together with the volunteer group TANPOPO commemorated the UN International Day of Peace by organizing a beach cleanup. 


Conference Proposes a Vision for Revitalizing the Family in Japan

September 12, 2015

Tokyo, Japan—Addressing the rapidly aging population and declining birth rate in Japan was the focus of a conference UPF organized on September 12. 


UPF-Japan Forum Discusses Sustainable Development

July 15, 2015

Tokyo, Japan—UPF-Japan held its 24th Peace Diplomats Forum on the “Post-2015 Development Agenda and Decent Work: Key for Sustainable Development.” 


Experts Discuss Solutions to Japan’s Declining, Aging Population

June 21, 2015

Sapporo, Japan—Japan’s aging and fast-declining population is a growing concern in the country. UPF-Japan has organized events in nine major cities in June to discuss solutions to this issue.   



Global Day of Parents Observed in Japan

May 28, 2015

Tokyo, Japan—UPF-Japan held its 63rd Interfaith Forum in observance of the Global Day of Parents on May 28.


Korean and Japanese Youth Connect with Ukraine through Service

May 10, 2015

Lviv, Ukraine—Several young people from Korea and Japan journeyed to the historic city of Lviv in western Ukraine to take part in Religious Youth Service projects.



International Day of Families Observed in Japan

April 29, 2015

Japan—UPF-Japan collaborated with the South Tokyo Assembly of Ambassadors for Peace to organize the third annual ”Family Clean Rally 246” in observance of the International Day of Families. 


UPF-Japan Hosts a Day of Togolese Culture and Cuisine

April 25, 2015

Matsushima, Japan—Togo’s chargé d'affaires and his wife were the special guests at a seminar on their country’s culture, followed by a lesson in Togolese cuisine, both of which were organized by UPF-Japan.


Poland’s UN Permanent Mission Hosts Tea Ceremony

April 16, 2015

New York, United States—A Japanese tea ceremony was hosted by Poland’s permanent representative to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Boguslaw Winid, in cooperation with UPF International.


UPF-Japan Forum on Past 70 Years

April 3, 2015

Tokyo, Japan—The 23rd Peace Diplomats Forum commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the establishment of the United Nations.


Y. Ohno: Address to an International Leadership Conference

February 28, 2015

Wars in the past were fought by countries against other countries. The new war is a war for the international community to get rid of terrorists. In order to do so, we need international cooperation.